Views of the Neighborhood

While walking the two dogs yesterday, I was struck by the amount of traffic on the beach. There was nothing special going on, so it was a bit of a shock to see the number of folks out for a day by the Gulf. I took a photo or two which I will share. My wife let me know that I’ve done enough beach pictures, but I think you won’t mind.

Gulf beach

Notice all the seagulls. They whipped past me at about ear high, and I couldn’t catch them with my camera.

This next photo shows my two babies on the walkway. You can see the cars behind them.

Boxers on the walkway

Bailey is the dark brindle and Lucy in white. Bailey loves to jump up on the seat to look out over the beach. Lucy is just as happy staying on the deck. In the afternoon they don’t go on the beach but are content just to look at it. The weather is just too hot for them down on the sand. In the morning they have a mile walk on the sand which they love. Lucy is continually chasing sand crabs, and Bailey is constantly chasing Lucy.




  1. All these cars on the beach is something I’ve never been used to, John. Large car parks and a sometimes long) walk to the beach has always been my experience. I’m not sure how I would feel about the presence of so many vehicles.
    Handsome hounds, though. I once roomed with a man who had a Boxer called Kent (or something approximating to it). So well-known was he for his flatulence that we always enjoyed peace and quiet in the local pub – everyone moved to the far side of the room as soon as we arrived.
    I think it was because of Kent, anywayโ€ฆ

    1. Ha ha ha. I loved the vision of the pub folks all getting up and moving. It is a Monte Python moment. The gas in boxers is usually caused by people food or high grain pet food. Ours do not get scraps and have a grain free diet so they are pretty much gas free. We would love to ban cars from the beach, but this is the Republic of Texas where the right to drive on the beach is inherent. Thanks, Keith.

  2. Good pictures, John. Now you’ve got me wondering why there were so many cars. I wonder if the sand is too hot for the dogs’ feet in the afternoon. Your boardwalk really looks good. ๐Ÿ™‚ — Suzanne

    1. The temperature at the sand level is intense. Boxers do not do well in the heat, so although they would like to go on the beach, we keep them off in the hot time of the day. Thanks, Suzanne. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Have to agree with above that cars on the beach is weird to see. Probably because they don’t allow it around here. You get into a parking lot and walk down the beach. Considering how quickly the beaches erode here, I’m not surprised. There’s also that ‘no running people over’ thing since idiots are plentiful.

    So, what happens when Lucy catches a sand crab?

    1. The only time she caught one it pinched her and she dropped it. She did not learn form that experience though. ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Maybe it’s all about the chase instead of the capture.

      2. I think so. The crabs usually out Lucy Lucy

  4. Lucy definitely seems more laid back than Bailey, or maybe in the photos she’s tired from chasing the crabs. Great looking dogs, John! As for the photos of the ocean…I never get tired of seeing those. Happy Sunday!

    1. Thanks, Jill. Bailey is actually more laid back. Lucy still thinks she is a puppy.(6 years old) ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Tell your wife that some of us don’t get to see beach very often. I’m happy that you share yours. But, if you tell her that and if makes her angry, pretend I didn’t say it, ‘cuz…wife. I listen to mine.

    Two of our female Setters used to always get up in a chair in the Vet’s office. All of them sit on furniture. Baily would be right at home here.

    1. Thanks, Dan. Both have no problem with furniture. They love a good couch. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Maybe day trippers are a bit like the seagulls? A couple show up and then everyone else piles in to see what’s going down…(the seagulls are after lunch opportunities of course – don’t know about the people! ๐Ÿ˜› )
    โค those pups! ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Thanks, Jan. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I’m with Keith regarding car parking at the beach. Boggles the mind.
    Maybe the beach is busy due to the heat and everyone’s cooling off at water’s edge?
    Thanks for sharing. I always get a nice breeze off the water in your pictures. Happy Sunday. ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Thanks, Tess. I wish they would go home.

      1. And it’s only the beginning of a couple months of beach weather. Sigh. I feel your pain. o_O

      2. Yes but then September and October come around and it is the best time of the year.:-)

      3. The visitors still aplenty in those months too? o_O

      4. Not so much. The kids are back in school.

  8. I don’t like the beaches in Florida where people can drive. They scare me, especially when I take the little ones. It also takes something away from the whole ocean serene experience. Yet, my favorite beach town is one where they allow it.

    Lucy is adorable with her patched eye and I love the brindle colors of Bailey. I can just imagine them romping the beach together in the early morning hours. What fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. They do have fun. Thanks, Susan ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Good morning, John,
    The beach is really full – for just a “normal” weekend. Reminds me some of Ferderiecksburg here. Alls those d*** tourists. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Well, a little more than two years ago we fell into the category ourselves still. ๐Ÿ˜‰ And whenever we come to Port A, we’ll be in that category, too.
    I like your dogs, btw.
    Enjoy the Sunday,

    1. Thanks, Pit. At least when you come you are aware of the environment. (Unlike most of the idiots who visit)

      1. Well, we try to be, and leave as little an environmental impact as possible.

      2. I knew that.:-)

  10. Cars parked on the beach! Dreadful. Not allowed here in the little Fish Town of Brixham, England. Looks awful too. Great Blog, John. Dogs… are they Boxers? I have two cocker spaniels who love a paddle – the sea is a short stroll from where we live. I would hate to see cars parked like those… annoying

    1. Yes, I agree. We hate the cars but are fundamental to freedom here in Texas. Yes, they are boxers. Thanks, Caz.:-)

  11. LOL — fun post, John. What you said about Bailey and Lucy gave me a warm smile. The do seem to enjoy the deck and walkway.
    I haven’t gotten tired of the beach pictures in the slightest, but I enjoy other parts of “the neighborhood” equally. Thanks for the morning stroll. Mega hugs.

    1. Thank you, Teagan. Superb Sunday wish to you. Hugs

  12. I enjoyed these shots, John – next best thing to being there!

    1. Thanks, John ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. John, keep the beach pics! Love the neighborhood ones too. Nice to see your doggies! Yep, Bailey & Lucy look happy! Keep them in photos too! Have a wonderful Sunday and beginning week! ๐Ÿ’› Elizabeth

    1. Thank you, Elizabeth. You have given me some ideas. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. You’re right, John — I never tire of your wonderful beach photos! And adding your two fur-kids to the mix makes me doubly happy! It must be lots of fun trying to keep these two in check — one of my friends walks two terriers, and he claims it’s way harder than merely walking one!

    1. This guys are really good. They have been together for a long time and don’t do too much ruckus while on the leash.

  15. Adorable fur babies – and I always love the beach pics.

    1. Thanks, Teri.:-)

  16. Bailey and Lucy are two cool canines, John.

    1. That are sweethearts. Thanks, Hook.

  17. A beautiful shot of the beach, but I prefer those photos where you have it to yourself. A solitary walk on an empty beach rids the mind of the junk that creeps in and allows your creative juices to flow. Your babies are precious.

    1. Thank you so much, Michelle. They are special and you are right about the solitary times on the beach.

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